REBUILD: Grief Support

Have you experienced the death of a loved one, end of a marriage, or the loss of a pregnancy? Willow Creek's grief workshops help you gain practical tools for navigating loss. You'll find a community of people who've been through a loss similar to yours. Leaders include therapists, pastors, and teachers who understand what you're going through because they've been there, too. 

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South Barrington REBUILD: Finding life after loss 

What Have You Lost?

REBUILD hosted a 3 part series on grief and hope in the month of April where we learned and processed together.

Week 1 - Can I Just Skip to Happy?

A panel of pastors and therapists discuss why it’s important and healing to name your loss and to invite God into your grief. View the session here.

Week 2 - Beauty from Ashes

Learn how to write and pray your own lament as an act of worship. View the session here 

Download the Lament Exercise document here.

Week 3 - Scarred Hope with Beverly Ross

Author and therapist Beverly Ross talks about how to care for yourself in body, mind, and spirit while grieving. View the session here.

 

About REBUILD

Please note: Our normal REBUILD workshop is temporarily paused.

When you're grieving the death of a loved one, a divorce, or a pregnancy loss, where can you turn? REBUILD workshops offer comfort, hope, and practical tools for healing after the death of a loved one; a finalized divorce; miscarriage or stillbirth. Our ten-week core workshop is offered twice a year (winter/spring and fall). REBUILD also hosts topical workshops on helpful grieving at other times during the year. 

REBUILD for Teens: Students in grades 9–12 can attend REBUILD's core workshop as part of a teens-only group led by a trained facilitator. Students hear the same large-group teaching as adult REBUILD participants, and their table leader then guides their discussion at age-targeted levels. Note: For students 17 and younger, registration must be submitted by a parent or guardian. 

Registration information

At REBUILD's core workshop, you'll be seated at a table based on the type of loss you've experienced. We offer groups in the following categories:

  • Teens who've experienced the death of a close friend or loved one
  • Death of a spouse
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a sibling, other relative, or close friend
  • Loss of a pregnancy (miscarriage or stillbirth)
  • Divorce loss for women
  • Divorce loss for men 

What to expect 

  • Compelling, practical large-group teaching from a team of therapists, pastors, and teachers who have navigated their own seasons of loss
  • Safe, confidential small-group conversations led by compassionate leaders—alongside fellow participants who have experienced a loss similar to yours
  • Tons of practical tools for helpful grieving
  • Insight for how to connect spiritually through your loss

When

REBUILD has been paused for Spring of 2021.

Questions?

To learn more about REBUILD, call (847) 765-5000 and ask to speak with a Response Pastor. Response Pastors are available M–F from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Child Grief Support (Kindergarten–Grade 5)

Kids tend to grieve differently from adults. This ten-week program, offered at Willow South Barrington in conjunction with REBUILD, helps kids (kindergarten–grade 5) who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling, close relative, or friend.

What happens at Child Grief Support? Children engage in age-targeted activities that help them express and process their loss. Games, drama, art, journaling, storytelling, and imaginative play are led by compassionate leaders who understand kids and loss.  

When: TBD - This workshop is currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you would like to be notified when the next Child Grief Support workshop is scheduled, click here.

Questions? Call (847) 765-5000 and ask to speak with a Response Pastor. Response Pastors are available M–F from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Grief counseling for kids: Willow Creek’s Counselor Referral Network (CRN) includes a number of skilled, compassionate therapists who can help people process a significant loss. Ask for a therapist who specializes in child grief. Learn more.

 

For additional resources or help finding a therapist.

Willow Creek's response pastors include skilled, compassionate people equipped to listen, suggest additional resources, provide coaching on how to find a good therapist, share information about various Willow Creek ministries, and/or pray with you. To speak with a pastor, call the church at 847-765-5000 and ask to speak with a response pastor. We'd love to speak with you and will return your call as soon as possible.